UN to move some staff out of Syria after mortar shells

By REUTERS
March 25, 2013 18:31




UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations will move about half of 100 foreign staff members out of Syria after a number of mortar shells fell near their hotel in Damascus, damaging the building and a UN vehicle, the United Nations said on Monday.

"The United Nations Security Management Team has assessed the situation and decided to temporarily reduce the presence of international staff in Damascus due to security conditions," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

"The United Nations remains active and committed to helping the Syrian sides in their search for a political solution," he said. "UN agencies and their partners also remain committed to providing assistance to millions of people in need in Syria."


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